Internal Funding Opportunities

Child Health and Wellness Grand Challenge Catalyst Awards

Round one of the Child Health and Wellness Grand Challenge Catalyst Awards competition is now open. There are two awards valued at up to $50K each (“Seedling Awards”) and three awards valued at up to $200K each (“Branch Awards”) available to be used over a 24-month period.

These Grand Challenge Catalyst Awards are designed to initiate and catalyze Child Health and Wellness research teams to increase competitiveness for larger scale external funding opportunities. Grand Challenge research teams are expected to address one or more of the identified grand challenge areas and/or overarching approaches.

Eligibility
These awards are open to all UCalgary faculty members working in a Child Health and Wellness research area. Trainees, collaborators from the community and partners from outside UCalgary are invited to participate as Co-Investigators or Collaborators. NEW [Dec. 16, 2020]: criteria have been revised to allow trainees and supervisors as team members on the same application.
View REVISED Award Criteria [revised Dec. 16, 2020]

Application Process
To facilitate the review process, please submit a proposal title and names of all research team members to achri.awards@ucalgary.ca by Tuesday, January 12, 2021. 
Full applications are due February 10, 2021.

Submit your full application using the Grand Challenge Catalyst Awards “Seedling” OR “Branch” Application Form, with the following attachments:

  • Research proposal (see application forms for details)
  • Budget justification
  • Biosketch-style CV from all investigators
  • Supervisor support letter, if applicable
  • Quotations for services and/or equipment, if applicable

Granting agencies and organizations frequently run research funding competitions requiring matching funds. These are generally highly competitive awards, which help enhance our research capacity and academic reputation. To support and encourage members to compete for these awards, ACHRI is committed to providing matching funds wherever possible.

  1. Eligibility

    • All ACHRI members applying for external grant funding require a matching commitment.
    • Proposed grant supports research relevant to child and maternal health.
    • Members with uncommitted startup funds available must use those funds for matching.
    • Matching will be used for investments to benefit our research community. In the case of multi-centre proposals, ACHRI will consider proportionate matching shared with other participating centres.
  2. Application Process:

    • Matching fund applications must be submitted to ACHRI Research Support Specialist (kgratton@ucalgary.ca) a month prior to the application deadline.
    • Following review, evaluation and prioritization by ACHRI leadership, the Director will issue a letter of commitment to successful applicants.
  3. Application package must include:

    • Completed Application Form
    • One-page summary of planned research project - this can be the “Objectives” or “Specific Aims” page from the grant application
    • CV of applicant(s)

Following the announcement of results of major Tri-Council grant competitions, ACHRI offers bridge funding to its members whose applications are highly ranked, but unfunded.  The intent of bridge funding is to sustain the research programs of members until the next external grant competition. Priority will be given to first applications of bridge funding.

Deadline for CIHR Project Grant Bridge Funding: October 16, 2020

  1. Eligibility:

    • All ACHRI members
    • Will only be considered if the application reached the final stage of the competition, if applicable
    • Individuals who hold endowed chairs or professorships valued at more than $100,000/year in operating funds are not eligible to apply
    • Individuals with unencumbered startup funds are not eligible to apply
    • Generally, an application would only receive ACHRI bridge funding once, however, in extenuating circumstances additional bridge funding may be considered for a given applicaiton
  2. Application Process:

    • The Notice of Decision
    • Reviewer and Scientific Officer notes (these will be kept confidential)
    • Completed ACHRI Bridge Funding Application Form 

The award will recognize, promote and support Allied Health Practitioners to participate in clinical and/or translational research initiatives related to child health. The award will support research activities that are of clinical significance, have scientific merit, the potential for meaningful impact and are of relevance to advancing shared priorities of ACHRI and AHS/Alberta Children’s Hospital.The award is up to a maximum of $73,000 over three years.

CLOSED

  1. Eligibility:

    The Award is open to members of the ACHRI collaborating with staff/practitioners of Alberta Health Services providing service to Alberta Children’s Hospital.

  2. Application Process:

    Application to be submitted on The Allied Health Research Grant Application Form with the following attachments:

    • Research Proposal – maximum five pages including figures and tables. Provide a clear, concise description of your research proposal including: 
      • Background – Significance and Impact
      • Aims
      • Methods
      • Knowledge Translation
      • Expertise, Experience and Resources
    • Principal Investigator – CCV
    • Co-Investigators – Biosketch CV
    • Quotations for equipment if necessary

The award will recognize, promote and support Allied Health Practitioners to participate in clinical and/or translational research initiatives related to child health. The award will support research activities that are of clinical significance, have scientific merit, the potential for meaningful impact and are of relevance to advancing shared priorities of ACHRI and AHS/Alberta Children’s Hospital. The award is $207,000 expendable over three years.

CLOSED

  1. Eligibility:

    The Award is open to members of the ACHRI collaborating with staff/practitioners of Alberta Health Services providing service to Alberta Children’s Hospital.

  2. Application Process:

    Application to be submitted on The Shaikh Family Research Award Application Form with the following attachments:

    • Research Proposal – maximum five pages including figures and tables. Provide a clear, concise description of your research proposal including: 
      • Background – Significance and Impact
      • Aims
      • Methods
      • Knowledge Translation
      • Expertise, Experience and Resources
    • Principal Investigator – CCV
    • Co-Investigators – Biosketch CV
    • Quotations for equipment if necessary